Speaker Date Topic
Cheney Mason - Attorney May 24, 2018
Surviving a False Conviction, the True Story of Wilton Dedge
Surviving a False Conviction, the True Story of Wilton Dedge

J. Cheney Mason enlisted in the United States Air Force on his 17th birthday in 1960.  Following boot camp and technical training, he served in the far east for three years, including numerous temporary duty deployments throughout the south pacific and south east Asia.  He was honorably discharged in 1964 and, shortly thereafter, attended the University of Florida.  He graduated undergraduate school with his B.A. in 1968 and immediately began law school.  He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1970 and, shortly thereafter, was admitted to the Florida Bar. 

For the past 48 years, he has practiced primarily in the field of criminal defense, marital and family law, and trial practice.  He is Board Certified as a criminal trial lawyer, certified by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is also an elected Fellow of the elite American Board of Criminal Lawyers.

Mr. Mason is frequently a guest lecturer for various legal organizations and key note speaker to numerous legal, political, and social organizations.  He is often invited by the news media, on all levels, to provide expert commentary on legal issues involving criminal law and marital and family law.

Cheney is the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of professional organizations for his dedication to and accomplishments in the legal profession.  In 2004, he was awarded the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  This is “NACDL’s most prestigious award given annually to one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association and the legal profession.”

The press has also conferred upon Cheney special recognition for his skills, reputation, and expertise as a lawyer by naming him as a “Top Lawyer” on numerous occasions.  He has been profiled in Orlando Magazine as one of the Attorneys You Can Trust, Six of Orlando’s Legal Legends.  He has received national news coverage on ABC’s Nightline, Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel, NBC’s Today Show, NBC’s Dateline, CBS’ 48 Hours, Court TV, CNN In Session, ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, multiple appearances on Piers Morgan, Special CNN Profiles with Jean Casarez and dozens of local news/social interviews and broadcasts. 

Peter Gallo May 31, 2018
United Nations Issues
United Nations Issues

Peter Gallo is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Scotland, Hong Kong and New York. He has an MBA and an LLM in International Criminal Law.  He spent 19 years as an investigator based in Hong Kong, working on investigations in some of the most corrupt countries in Asia and was a leading authority on the identification and detection of money laundering.

In 2011, he was recruited by the United Nations, as an investigator in the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Investigations Division in New York; the office that is supposed to investigate corruption, fraud and other criminality in the Organization.

After his insights and personal experiences there, he became an outspoken critic of the UN, particularly with regard to the manner in which corruption is covered up. 

In April 2016 he testified before a Congressional Committee on the lack of accountability and the organization’s failure to address the widespread sexual abuses in peacekeeping missions, and was one of the founders of the group ‘Hear their Cries’ which was established specifically to fight the United Nations abuse of ‘privileges and immunities’ to protect UN staff members accused of child sex offences.

He has been quoted extensively in the international media and appeared on television in a number of countries worldwide.

Dr Albert Manero, President Limbitless Solutions Jun 07, 2018
3-D Printed Bionic Limbs Donated to Children
Michele Rigby Assad Jun 14, 2018
The Secret Life in the CIA
The Secret Life in the CIA

Michele Rigby Assad joined the CIA in January 2002 and spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations. Specializing in counter terrorism and counterintelligence, Michele worked in Iraq as well as other secret Middle Eastern locations. To date, Michele has lived in six countries in the Near East region and traveled to more than forty-five others.

Michele is an author, public speaker, trainer, and international security consultant focused on the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Her first book was released February 2018 and it is called Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What it Taught Me About What’s Worth Fighting For.  She has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, Megyn Kelly Today, Fox Business, Janet Parshall, Eric Metaxas, and The Spy Museum.

Her story is an incredible struggle; of unexpected challenges and thwarted missions; and most of all, discovering a faith and purpose that outweighed her greatest fears. 

Michele holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Florida.

Paul Owens, Opinions Editor at theOrlando Sentinel Jun 21, 2018
Political Discourse
Political Discourse

Paul Owens has been the Orlando Sentinel's opinions editor, overseeing the editorial and op-ed pages, since July 2013.  Owens came to the Sentinel from The Associated Press in Maryland, where he worked as an editor and a reporter. Before joining AP, he spent 10 years at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail as a reporter, columnist and editor. He entered journalism after working for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Installation of the New Officers & Administration

This meeting is devoted to the recognition of the outgoing officers and administration and the installation of new officers and administration.  Please come and join in the recognition luncheon.

NO MEETING Jul 05, 2018

Due to the 4th of July holiday, we will not have a meeting on July 5th.  Enjoy the celebration of our Country's Freedom.

Michael Spraggins, Jr Aug 16, 2018
LifeNet International - An African Focused Non-Profit
LifeNet International - An African Focused Non-Profit

Michael Spraggins Jr. is a 4th generation Floridian whose family has extensive Rotary Club of Orlando history. His grandfather WA McCree, father, great uncle, uncle, cousin, and others were and are very active in Orlando Rotary.  Today, Michael is the CEO of Spraggins Inc., a 39 year old Orlando based building products and specialty construction business with operations throughout Florida.  

In 2009, Michael founded an African focused non-profit, LifeNet International.  Today, LifeNet franchises faith based health centers and hospitals in four African countries.  Serving well over 1 million patients per year and operating in over 100 healthcare facilities, LifeNet is using innovative service delivery in collaboration with the local church to transform African health care.  

Michael has been married for 21 years to Beth and has three children Sarah Beth (19), Emma (17) and Ben (6).